Summer Clubtalks

Just a quick thank you for everyone who attended our first series of Clubtalks! Don’t know about Clubtalks yet? They’re a new project by Block Club designed for the WNY business community. At each talk guests spend an hour with ten peers discussing innovations in branding and marketing, entrepreneurship, responsible growth and development, customer service and creativity.

Topics from series no. 1 included content curation, visioning and customer service. We’ll be bringing a couple topics back and introducing some new topics as well. There’s talk of a webinar version for people outside of Western New York. Stay tuned for the new fall lineup soon!

-Patrick Finan

Dieter Rams looks back on his career in this short documentary from publisher Gestalten. Released a while back in conjunction with the publication of Less is More, it’s a nice compliment to the immense Rams collection. Always a nice treat to refresh one’s self on Ram’s Ten Principles for Good Design (which Patrick posted about earlier in the year after a trip to SFMOMA). 

Elsewhere, a quick related (though old-ish) read: Dieter Rams, Jonathan Ives and the evolution of Apple design.

- Maggie

Whaaaat. I don’t know, does this need any commentary? It’s a long ostrich-necked headpiece that you can rest/sleep/live in. Take it away, designers:

OSTRICH offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.

Great for desk nappers or, more generally, anyone not overly concerned with the spacial reasoning of a morning walk.

- Maggie

This year’s Art & Design Issue of Block Club focused on the reuse of old objects and the revitalizing power of art. Artist Patti Harris was quoted, saying, “I feel like this old stuff needs to be brought back, or that it needs to be remembered, or utilized, or shown that it is quite beautiful. Or that you can make it beautiful.”

Indeed, the same notion applies to the power of public art - the reclaiming of the monochrome urban landscape as something more reflective of the vivid undercurrent and heartbeat of city life. 

Here Comes the Neighborhood is a wonderful short-form docuseries that explores the power of public art. This installment focuses on the Wynwood Wall of Miami, following the key players of this outdoor street museum project.

It would be truly amazing to see a similar effort unfold across Buffalo’s urban canvas - lush with fantastic old warehouses and grain elevators. Buffalo News arts writer Colin Dabkowski explored the public art of Buffalo last year, lamenting the government’s slight of the vibrant artistic community that thrives in our city. Perhaps Buffalo, in time, can too see a successful public reclaiming and reuse of its urban landscape - have you checked out Omaha lately?

- Maggie

Kickstarter gone wild - three dudes in NYC are proposing this awesome pool to FLOAT in the East River. Ridiculous.
Also, they are offering great gear to their donors, check it.
They even have a nice logo and website, great ‘shopping skills to make their pool mockups look sleek, and have a fun, informative video, all available on their website: pluspool.org. (And I can’t ignore that the one guy’s name is ‘Dong’. *Snicker*)
- Courtney

Kickstarter gone wild - three dudes in NYC are proposing this awesome pool to FLOAT in the East River. Ridiculous.

Also, they are offering great gear to their donors, check it.

They even have a nice logo and website, great ‘shopping skills to make their pool mockups look sleek, and have a fun, informative video, all available on their website: pluspool.org. (And I can’t ignore that the one guy’s name is ‘Dong’. *Snicker*)

- Courtney